Bits and Clips for June and July 2017

Bits and Clips for June and July 2017

Bits and Clips for June and July 2017

Bits and Clips is a regular feature of the best I read, saw, or listened to on the internet that month. Usually done monthly, this post includes both June and July, because at the end of June my blog was switching servers. So this list of links is a bit long, but I hope you find something interesting, educational, useful or inspiring here:


How to Be an Artist, According to Wassily Kandinsky

Jeanette Winterson on How Art and Storytelling Redeem Our Inner Lives

Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings

How to Deal With Art Criticism from Your Spouse, Partner, or other Close Family and Friends

11 incredible artists’ homes you can visit

The Joyous World of Overlooked Canadian Folk Artist Maud Lewis

7 Emerging Pastel Artists to Watch Out For

Giant crocheted installation of urchins floats above city marina

How to Free Your Creative Spirit, According to Sister Corita Kent

7 science-backed reasons you should make art, even if you’re bad at it

Erin Hanson: Ten Years of Open Impressionism

Noj Barker Dots (video)

Mark Making Love with Inge Flinte

13 Reasons Why Original Art in the Home is as important as a Bed


The People Who Call Yellowstone Home

Photochroms of Scotland

Food Photography Didn’t Start on Instagram—Here’s Its 170-Year History


The Holy Spirit: Advocate, Comforter, and Defense Attorney

God ‘carries the load’

Out of my comfort zone—and into the light

Vision Restored

Stop Inviting People to Your Church

Sing a New Song

The First Step

Always Safe

The Unreality of Matter

Find Your Thermal

Hymns that Mary Baker Eddy “particularly loved”


50 free things to do in Connecticut this summer

Preparing ‘Emerging Adults’ for College and Beyond

The party registration of religious leaders

Things That Principals Know About Great Teachers

Women of History: Katherine Fanning

The iPad is a Far Bigger Threat to Our Children Than Anyone Realizes.

Increasing Salaries So Teachers Don’t Have To Become Principals

This Former Accountant Wants You to Stop Buying Things and Start Borrowing Them

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada in response to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement

‘Climate Change Is Real’: Many U.S. Companies Lament Paris Accord Exit

Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision

Obama Just Spoke Out On Trump’s Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

EU Will Ignore White House And Work Directly With US States On Paris Agreement

On the Job

Understanding Very, Very Smart People

The most forward-thinking, future-proof college in America teaches every student the exact same stuff

Here are all of the museums you can visit for free this summer

These Are The Top 37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

Creating Leadership Calm During Chaos: Interview with Byron Katie

Scientists stunned by Antarctic rainfall and a melt area bigger than Texas

Beyond Blades of Grass

12 Best Practices For Finding Time, Energy, and Inspiration to Write

World’s first Dr. Seuss museum will make all your childhood dreams come true

Breakfasts that nourished my dreams

Henry Miller’s 11 Commandments of Writing and His Daily Creative Routine

David Foster Wallace on Why You Should Use a Dictionary, How to Write a Great Opener, and the Measure of Good Writing

Writing Begins With Forgiveness: Why One of the Most Common Pieces of Writing Advice Is Wrong

A solar eclipse is coming to America. Here’s what you’ll see where you live.

How to Build Resilience in Midlife

Genius Is Not about Excelling at Something—It’s about Doing Things Differently

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

E.B. White’s Beautiful Letter to a Man Who Had Lost Faith in Humanity

How to Ruin Your Relationship With Your Teenager

A total solar eclipse is happening Aug. 21, and here’s what you need to know

How to Deal with the Fragile Male Ego as an Adventurous Woman

Self-Driving Cars, Explained

Schools Are Missing What Matters About Learning

Turning Negative Thinkers into Positive Ones


10 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

How to Raise a Reader

Best Books of 2017 (so far)

Summer Reading Recommendations from Six Novelists Who Own Bookstores

300 Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Summer Reading For Your Woke Kid


Victoria and Abdul

5 ‘Wonder Woman’ Amazons On The Power Of Their All-Woman Army

Wonder Woman Film Busts Stereotypes and Got Me Thinking Spiritually

Val Kilmer’s passion project is a one-man Mark Twain show


20 Iconic Delis of the Greater New York Area

Hunting Down the Lost Apples of the Pacific Northwest

Georgia O’Keeffe, health food devotee: the pioneer of modernism’s favorite recipes

Artichoke Basil Pesto

Amazon to Buy Whole Foods for $13.7 Billion

The New Essentials of French Cooking

14 Vegetarian Foods That Have More Iron Than Meat

Sweet Kale Salad


A Prayer

For newly named U.S. poet laureate, the power of poetry is opening ourselves to others


Hundreds of nuns trained in Kung Fu are biking the Himalayas to oppose human trafficking

When prayer helps end conflicts

A silent protest parade in 1917 set the stage for civil rights marches

A former exec at Trader Joe’s grows another kind of grocery store

Oprah video clip: Failure is there to point you in a different direction

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1 Comment

  1. Julie Yates 7 years ago

    I always love this monthly feature of your blog! Thanks for sharing the interesting things you glean from the web. I enjoyed expanding my horizons!

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